The Cast Comes Off!

Grammie came over to watch Nadia (which she LOVED) and we headed over to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to have the cast removed and see Amelie’s hand. I didn’t sleep well at all the night before. At one point I was up for 45 minutes wondering how it was going to look and if it was going to hurt and so on. I wasn’t worried, it was really more like how excited I get before we go somewhere on vacation.

Once again we were impressed by the staff and volunteers of Scottish Rite and their love for the kiddos. They are also very efficient!

Amelie's Cast comes off
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Amelie in the waiting area.

Amelie's Cast comes off
I think this is so cute.

Amelie's Cast comes off
Waiting for the nurse to come take the cast off.

Here is the video. It’s just under 6 minutes and I really made this for Amelie when she grows up. I want her to be able to see the reaction she had when it was being removed and when she first saw her hand. I hope no one gets jeebed out.

Amelie's Cast comes off

Amelie's Cast comes off

Amelie's Cast comes off
Here I am being jeebed out at her picking the scabs off. Amelie DOES NOT like her hands to be dirty.

Amelie's Cast comes off
Sweet girl!

We couldn’t be happier or more impressed with what they accomplished at Texas Scottish Rite. They do have the best hand surgeons in the world! I was overwhelmed by emotion and gratefulness to God seeing those little fingers flex and move independently.

She has been in quite a bit of pain whenever she accidentally bangs it or puts pressure on it. The first night she would pick something up or climb on the couch then whimper, show me her hand and want a kiss. It was clearly catching her off guard that the stuff she wanted to do was causing her pain. She got used to the cast banging around and she has been carrying her arm a bit like it still has the cast, but that will fade more and more. She has no official occupational or physical therapy – she only needs to play.

We will take her in for a check up in about six weeks. Here is what we understand might happen in the future (but we don’t know any of this for sure, or when it would happen): another surgery on her left pinky finger to free it up from the base. A bone graft on the left middle finger. A touch up to the left hand fingers when she is older – plastic surgery type to make them look smoother. Also surgery on her right hand to separate the three partial fingers.

Thanks for all the many prayers and encouragement we received through all of this.

  • catherinethegreat

    Good is good. Amelie’s hands look fabulous…absolutely wonderful. Congratulations to her and to you!…so blessed. Take care. CTG

  • catherinethegreat

    oops..meant to type God is good!

  • Tears of joy for her tonight! So amazing to see those gorgeous fingers!

  • Laura

    Love it!! So happy for Amelie! It’s a wonderful moment in time for you guys and for her. May God’s blessings shine always on her.

  • Pam (inthepink)

    What an amazing job! I loved watching her wiggle her fingers!!

  • This is GREAT! What an incredible way to document the beginning of such an amazing transformation. Her fingers look great!

  • Gwen

    Wow, her fingers look great. And I wasn’t jeebed out 🙂 by the video– it was cute to watch her help unwrap the cast!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • debbie w.

    She is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Oh, and I love the flowers too.

  • Dad / Papa

    Okay, so I may be a little biased, but the video is amazing. Amelie’s interactions are adorable, the surgical outcome incredible and her mother watching her and holding her looks simply beautiful!


    Papa / Dad

  • Sue

    Those are the most beautiful little fingers that I have ever seen!!! Thank you so much for sharing that moment with us. 🙂

    Rejoicing with you!

  • Very cool, that made me tear up a little. Thanks for sharing!

  • yay!! what a blessing!

  • Sam

    How wonderful!! God is so good, and you have a beautiful little girl He has given you! You are a wonderful momma. 🙂

  • Yeah! So thankful! What a beatuiful family! I can’t wait to hear how many more things she begins to accomplish…..Love can overcome so many obstacles!

  • Thank you so much for sharing this. Our daughter Abbey gets her cast off tomorrow after her 2nd hand surgery. I am so ready to see what her hand looks like. Great idea to video her reaction, I might just have to borrow this! Hope Amelie is doing well.